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Pigeon John/Rootbeer at Nectar, 9 p.m., $10

Los Angeles nerd-rapper Pigeon John, an avowed disciple of the De La Soul school of hip-hop, got his

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Pigeon John/Rootbeer at Nectar, 9 p.m., $10

Los Angeles nerd-rapper Pigeon John, an avowed disciple of the De La Soul school of hip-hop, got his start in the early '90s by rhyming at the Good Life Café - launching pad for the likes of Jurassic 5, Pharcyde, Dilated Peoples, and other alt-rap icons. Eventually, PJ made his way to venerable Quannum Projects for a solo career in which he flows like a cross between Q-Tip and Mos Def, kicking rhymes about Phil Collins, ping-pong, and girls who won't talk to him over breezy Native Tongues grooves and the occasional Pixies sample. Fun, funky, and charming as it is, that sorta hip-hop doesn't exactly set the kidz' pants on fire, so now Pigeon John has teamed up with producer Flynn Adam (of L.A. Symphony) for a new EP under the moniker Rootbeer. "Rather than making an escape attempt on this debut to something that was some subtle artistic departure from the Lost Angels-flavored West Coast underground laid back rap that raised them, the duo has grown more apt to fully open their arms and embrace a vast array of what is relative to their own contemporary culture consumption today," says their presskit. In other words, they're attempting to sell out. They describe themselves as "MGMT injected with some N.E.R.D and A Tribe Called Quest"; dunno if that combination will launch them to fame and fortune, but both are seasoned and engaging enough performers to at least make the show entertaining. MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG

Black Mountain at Neumos, 8 p.m., $12

Of all the psychedelic stoner rock bands hell-bent on reviving the guitar solo, the Canadian shredders of Black Mountain stand alone as the paladins of your parents' brand of rock and roll. With last year's outstanding sophomore release, In the Future, the band spits in the face of every sour music critic who's had the temerity to write that genre's epitaph. Black Mountain's galloping percussion, howling vocals, and lengthy, perfectly-executed guitar solos prove that there's still some life left in the old sack of bones. Yes, there's a discernible Led Zeppelin influence, but this band has its own unique, 21st-century character, proving it's still possible to create awesome, modern psychedelic rock without sounding like your dad's old college band. SB

Wintersleep, An Horse, Dearboy at Vera Project, 7:30 p.m., $x, all ages

A loving mesh of Paul Murphy's wise, husky voice, several layers of earnest guitar work and poignant, introspective lyrics, Canadian band Wintersleep makes music of the sort that swells in films just as the underdog triumphs over a more formidable adversary. Brisbane, Australia's An Horse opens as the requisite they-came-from-nowhere band, though in reality they've been quietly strengthening their chops down under by opening for Death Cab and touring the US with Tegan and Sara - all before releasing a full-length album. Singer Kate Cooper's vocals pay a reverent homage to Liz Phair, but An Horse's happily haphazard concoction of tumbling drums, tambourines and sparse guitars produce a sound completely unique unto itself. RAECHEL SIMS

 
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